Free PaintTool SAI Alternatives

    PaintTool SAI is described as 'is high quality and lightweight painting software, fully digitizer support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, provide easy and stable operation, this software make'. There are more than 50 alternatives to PaintTool SAI for various platforms. The best alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like PaintTool SAI are MediBang Paint (Freemium), FireAlpaca (Free), Autodesk SketchBook (Freemium) and ibis Paint X (Freemium).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 5, 2021

    • Krita is a professional Free and open source (FOSS) painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone withith concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics. View 135 alternatives to Krita
      Most users think Krita is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
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      • Steam
      Krita vs PaintTool SAI
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      Very advanced program that is absolutely free, only downside is that it's not as lightweight as SAI
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      It has animation features, fullscreen support, and works well
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      Too glitchy and too hard to use. It will zoom in and out randomly making it hard to draw.
      Top negative comment  about 4 years ago

      It has many capabilities, and I've seen people's work using this. It's amazing to work in and is good in animation features.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      I realy like krita, it's a good alternative for paint tool sai even on windows, recomended!
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      I have an older version of Krita, and I love it! It offers more brushes and options than most programs but it can be overwhelming at first. I totally recommend it. But I'm so accustomed to it that the newer one is hard to figure out. It's closer to photoshop than paint tool sai.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      lacks a lot of fuctions and runs really bad even on a mid high end pc.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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    • A lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS. View 69 alternatives to MediBang Paint
      Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      MediBang Paint vs PaintTool SAI
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      I love the dark UI and how organized it is
      Top positive comment  10 months ago

      Its very convenient and it works on every device
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      the app is filled with a bunch of tools and not enough explaniton
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

      Cause paint tool said is cool and now it's gonna be cooler
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      It is a mix of Photoshop and Paint Tool SAI. I really like that.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      It has many great functions, you can share with others, and, it's just very very convenient and amazing.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      Gets updated regularly. MediBang is free and the full version doesn't cost a fortune. Also has tools like gradients, circles and other forms and a huge variety of brushsets.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    • FireAlpaca is the image editor that can be used readily and easily. View 128 alternatives to FireAlpaca
      Almost everyone thinks FireAlpaca is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      FireAlpaca vs PaintTool SAI
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      FireAlpaca is good. Can be easier to draw with pentablet
      Top positive comment  4 months ago

      Firealpaca is much easier to use! It's simpler to find your way around and it's completely free for mac and windows! It's also great because it has regular updates so you know it's always gonna get better. You can animate on it and use masks, references and palettes.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      FireAlpaca is good, but it doesn't seem similar enough. Plus it has a weird Alpaca brush.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      The tools are similar and the sensitivity to pressure brushes seems good as well. And it's free!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Antialiased lines almost as good as SAI and the best brush engine of all competitors regarding flexibility and edition through easy to learn scripting.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      Has just about anything you could want, including pressure sensitivity, layers, and a variety of brushes. There's even an onion skin mode for animation! :D
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      easy to start, and very user friendly. It may not sync very well but very fun to play around with.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    • Drawing software featuring an unobtrusive user interface and a powerful drawing engine. View 82 alternatives to Autodesk SketchBook
      Most users think Autodesk SketchBook is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Autodesk SketchBook vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Sketchbook is absolutely amazing, but the tools are considered limited when compared to PaintTool SAI and Clip Studio Art
      Top positive comment  12 months ago

      sixelapixelsprite There are multiple layers and pretty good pencils.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      Definitely not in any way similar to Paint Tool Sai, there is a lot less tools to work with.
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

      Autodesk serves better as a Vector style drawing program than a painting program
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      much less, very few features
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

    • ibis Paint is an easy yet powerful drawing app made with tools for sketching manga right at your fingertips. View 34 alternatives to ibis Paint X
      Almost everyone thinks ibis Paint X is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      ibis Paint X vs PaintTool SAI
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      It is a good alternative for people who use phones, but it is not for PC users like me.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      The app is very functional :) So many brushes and options. Maybe at the beginning everything's a bit complicated, but if get used to it it's very easy and effective. Also there's a chance of learning so many methods and styles of drawing by the new features and even from other artists. I definitley recommend this aplication :3
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      It's like medibang, but you don't have good stabilization and stuff like that. it's a simular.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      Has a lot of features and the ones that are locked can be all unlocked at once if you watch one add, really good alternative but sadly it's only for phone users
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      It's a little complicated in the beginning, but after a time it's easy to use. It has a lot of tools and things like that, it's incredible
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      it seemed complicated at first, but I learned to use it. I like all the brush choices and filters,
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      Very easy to use once you get the hang of it, and it has many useful tools. Some parts are a little tricky, but it's pretty good for digital art.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    • MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices. View 120 alternatives to MyPaint
      Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      MyPaint vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
      There aren't as many functions as PaintTool SAI
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

    • Online photo editor, which can work with PSD, XCF and Sketch files (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch App). Convert between PSD, XCF, JPG, PNG and many other formats. View 91 alternatives to Photopea
    • Vectr is a free graphics editor. Vectr is collaborative like Google Docs, and runs both in your web browser and on your desktop as a native app. With an intuitive interface, Vectr is easy to learn and use. View 84 alternatives to Vectr
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Chrome OS
    • SketchPort is an online drawing community with free software for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Draw, chat, vote, be inspired, be challenged and earn badges! View 33 alternatives to SketchPort
      Most users think SketchPort is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
    • Sketches is a perfect mix of beauty, simplicity and power, a truly unique combination you won't find anywhere else. View 70 alternatives to Tayasui Sketches
      Most users think Tayasui Sketches is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Tayasui Sketches vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Tayasui Sketches is a great app for painting and drawing, but it doesn't have the animation features I was looking for.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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